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Dynamics Affecting Public Higher Ed Financing & Highlights from States’ 2014 Legislative Sessions. Download pdf

AASCU’s new Excellence and Innovation Awards were developed to recognize and honor AASCU institutions demonstrating excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving student success, regional and economic development, international education, teacher education, and leadership development and diversity. Applications for this year’s awards are due July 21, 2014 (Midnight Eastern Time), and must be submitted online at

Nominations for AASCU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award are due July 30, 2014. The DAA is presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in his or her field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. Nominations must be made by a president or chancellor.
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Arkansas State University
Assistant Professor in Disaster Preparedness, Brent Cox, went above and beyond his classroom work in early July. Cox developed a pair of educational programs for farmers and rural agricultural area first responders based on "Farm Medic"—techniques for dealing with crisis events on farms. One week after hosting of the seminars, Cox was on the ground playing a leadership role in nearby Greene County that lead to the successful rescue of a farmer trapped in a grain elevator. Read more

Bemidji State University (Minn.)
Bemidji State University entered into a partnership with CIBT Education Group to provide staffing support and student teachers for CIBT's new Ameri-Can (American-Canadian) International School in Weifang, China. The school will house grades K-12 and open in the fall of 2014. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) have created a formal partnership that will offer the first residential, dual enrollment, transfer admissions program in the Triangle region of North Carolina. This new initiative, called the Eagle Connect Program, is one of the first residential, dual enrollment transfer admissions programs at a Historically Black College or University, and is one of two such programs in the UNC system. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is partnering with Philadelphia University and Reliance Medical Group to offer an Atlantic City, N.J.-based Physician Assistant Studies Master’s Program. The program will allow graduates to receive their bachelor’s degrees from Stockton’s School of Health Sciences and their master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
For the fourth year, UALR's Institute on Race and Ethnicity will recognize individuals who have been integral to civil rights in the state by honoring them with bronze commemorative plaques on the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • The University of Central Florida is home to one of the best resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators. UCF’s National Center for Forensic Science houses the Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection and the Substrate Database. The collection is a compilation of chemical recipes of more than 600 liquids known to be used to set fires in the United States. Now the center is working with more than 21 countries in the European Union to create an international database of ignitable liquids. The center will house the international database and assist its European colleagues in managing the information. Read more
  • Sixteen medical school graduates have become the UCF College of Medicine’s first residents in a new partnership program designed to increase the number of primary care physicians in Central Florida. The 16 residents were chosen from 2,546 total applicants and after 187 interviews. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
A new partnership between the University of Central Oklahoma and Sustainable OKC (SOKC) brings together two of the Oklahoma City metro’s biggest supporters of sustainable development, creating opportunities for greater engagement with the community. The partnership provides opportunities for Central to further impact sustainable practices in the metropolitan area, while assisting SOKC with administrative and operational processes. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Dr. Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography at Armstrong State University, recently secured a $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant to fund research focusing on historic Southern plantation culture. The three-year research project will enable Potter and an Armstrong student to travel to various historic sites to participate in fieldwork and data collection. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education. The five-year grant, awarded by the U.S Department of Education, will enable CSUMB to offer financial assistance, academic and career services, cultural and social enrichment, and health and counseling services through the College Assistance Migrant Program. Read more

Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona has surpassed its $150 million fundraising target, bringing in more than $160 million in donations, bequests and pledges in its six-year Campaign for Cal Poly Pomona. The campaign included a CSU-record cash gift of $42 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation earmarked for the university’s endowment, as well as gifts that funded buildings, scholarships, research and academic enrichment. More than 17,000 students, faculty, alumni and friends of the university contributed. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Melvin Jenkins, IUP department of developmental studies, and Dr. Shirley Johnson, IUP department of professional studies in education, were awarded a funding award in the amount of $218,000 from Heinz Endowments for their project, “Promise Plus.” Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has received federal funding for research and training programs that are focused on protecting our communities against outbreaks of foodborne illness, weather events and other threats. Dr. Liju Yang, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at BRITE, received a grant of $497,723 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop better methods of isolating and concentrating disease-causing microorganisms in food samples. NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development has become a national leader in the field of training for emergency management and security preparedness, particularly in rural and underserved areas. A recently awarded federal grant of a $100,000 will allow the institute to continue this work. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Students, faculty, staff and New Jersey’s citizenry as a whole will benefit from the $25.36 million raised by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign helped transform Stockton’s main campus with new centers and programs, added major scholarships, and led to the opening of new instructional sites. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business announced this week that the George W. Donaghey Foundation Challenge Match is complete, as more than $500,000 in cash and pledges have poured into the college from donors. The match campaign, which ended in June, brings the total balance of the Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business endowment to more than $2 million. The Donaghey Foundation had pledged to match any donation up to $500,000 throughout the three-year campaign. Read more



Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. Christine Purkiss, a faculty member of the Department of Teacher Education at Angelo State University, has been honored with the 2014 Chapter Counselor Award for the West Region by Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) international society for education. Read more

Bemidji State University (Minn.)
Bemidji State University received the first Innovation in Global Education Award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System last month. The award recognizes BSU's effort to create affordable education abroad opportunities for every student. Read more

McNeese State University (La.)
McNeese State University has received a $102,590 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help lead innovation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
IUP Music faculty member Dr. Kevin Eisensmith was honored at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference as one of three recipients of the ITG Award of Merit. The award is one of two lifetime achievement awards created by ITG. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Dr. Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management at Northwest Missouri State University, is the recipient of the 2014 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ International Teaching Excellence Award. Read more

University of Central Florida
UCF optics researcher Shin-Tson Wu, whose work has significantly advanced the liquid crystal displays we use every day on our smartphones, computer monitors and television screens, is among six inventors named as the first inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Read more




Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Nineteen students planning careers in broadcasting are attending the inaugural Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University. Presented by the National Radio Talent System through the sponsorship of lifetime broadcaster Kerby Confer, the 10-day institute is immersing students in various aspects of the radio industry. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College sophomore Kevin Morris has spent his summer meeting with world leaders, touring the sites of the Siege of Sarajevo, and learning the ins and outs of a foreign economy. The economics and political science major, who had rarely traveled outside the southern U.S., arrived in Zagreb, Croatia May 13 to begin his three-month-long internship with the International Trade Administration (ITA) branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. A typical day for Morris includes performing market research on sectors of the Croatian economy for analysis reports, acting as liaison for foreign companies wishing to purchase U.S. products and for U.S. companies wishing to enter the Croatian market, meeting with industry representatives, and traveling to different cities in Croatia for trade conventions. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Justina Crawford-Williams, a 2010 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's music education program, has been selected by National Arts Strategies to participate in the first cohort of the Creative Community Fellows. During her fellowship, Justina plans to develop a mentorship program that focuses on holistic health through the arts to help local military families transition while airmen are deployed. Read more
  • Members of the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation recently presented a marker to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to commemorate the relationship between actor James Stewart and the university. The plaque was placed in front of Wilson Hall, the site of the Indiana Model School, which Stewart attended until the age of 15. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University nursing student Jessica Asaro’s honors thesis recently was selected “Best Student Paper” at the Global Science and Technology Forum’s 2nd Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference in Singapore. The thesis paper compared the medicine of the U.S. with Indonesia and Nepal, two nations she visited during study abroad trips sponsored by SVSU. Read more

SUNY Fredonia
In June, SUNY Fredonia announced a new name and visual identity. Going forward, the university will be known as, “The State University of New York at Fredonia,” although in most contexts, it will be referred to simply as, “Fredonia.” Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Professor Kenneth Gallant of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law has been elected an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. The academy is the leading international society dedicated to the study of comparative law and conflict of laws. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • Thirteen biomedical and other senior undergraduates have completed UCF’s first science-technology internship program, a collaboration working to build Central Florida’s biomedical workforce. The College of Medicine, the UCF Office of Experiential Learning, and Career Source of Central Florida worked together to create the “Laboratory Experience and Research in Biomedical Sciences" internship. Read more
  • Researchers at the University of Central Florida are working on developing a way that may help homeowners and planning agencies predict sinkholes and areas prone to them. The research team created a mini-sinkhole simulator to help understand what triggers them. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Renowned musician and University of Central Oklahoma professor of music Jim Klages, D.M.A., a cornet soloist for “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush’s inauguration. Klages woke up that winter morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm. The diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. Klages’ illness, his love of music, and journey toward recovery is the subject of Samuel Karp’s documentary, Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS. The film will air on PBS stations nationwide throughout the summer. Read more